Pork for Peasants

READY IN: 7hrs 35mins
Recipe by Divaconviva

This dish is reminiscent of my Grandma's awesome Austrian cooking. I got the idea for this dish from a Mr. Food pressure-cooker recipe. I changed some ingredients and adapted it for crockpot. I prefer a slightly fattier cut of pork because it comes out so tender and flavorful. I've served this for dinner parties, and people always ask for a second helping. I serve this with egg noodles and applesauce. True comfort food!

Top Review by johnmeyer60025

This was exactly the recipe I've been searching for. My mother use to make it with pork spare-ribs and called it Luau Spareribs. I just doubled the amount of spareribs since they have the bone in, doubled the apple cider (because I baked it in the oven for 5 hours at 325F), and omited the bacon fat. Very tasty! Thanks Divaconviva

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 3 lbs pork or 3 lbs boneless country-style ribs or 3 lbs pork loin chops, 3/4-inch Thick
  • 2 tablespoons bacon fat, Rendered (I keep a can in my fridge)
  • 12 teaspoon salt
  • 14 teaspoon white pepper
  • 3 yams, approximately 1 1/2 pounds, peeled and cut into 2-inch thick slices
  • 3 Red Delicious apples (Use apples that hold their shape when cooked) or 3 rome apples, peeled, cored, and cut cross-wise into three rings (Use apples that hold their shape when cooked)
  • 12 cup cider or 12 cup apple juice
  • 12 cup light brown sugar, Packed
  • 2 12 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 14 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 tablespoon caraway seed
  • 2 lbs sauerkraut, drained, not rinsed, squeezed dry


  1. Heat bacon fat in large saute pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Season the pork with salt and pepper, and brown for 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Place sliced yams in bottom of crockpot.
  4. Set crockpot on low.
  5. Layer the pork, including any pan drippings, and apples on top of the yams.
  6. In a small bowl, combine cider or apple juice, brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice and caraway seeds; mix well and pour over the pork and apples evenly.
  7. Top with the sauerkraut. It's a tight fit, but my 5-quart crockpot lid does close.
  8. Cook on low for 7 to 9 hours.
  9. Remove the lid and serve the pork with the sweet potatoes, apples and sauerkraut, spooning sauce over everything.

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